Movistar Plus, the Spanish pay-television broadcaster owned by telecoms giant Telefonica, has retained domestic rights to the Segunda Division, the country’s second-tier soccer league.

As part of the deal, the broadcaster will show all games across the 42 matchdays in the upcoming 2022-23 season, as well as the six play-off matches for promotion to the top-flight LaLiga.

Movistar previously shared rights to the Segunda Division – also known as LaLiga SmartBank – with Gol, the free-to-air sports channel owned by the Mediapro agency.

At the end of May, LaLiga declared the tender process for the second-tier void after receiving no suitable rights bids in Spain.

The league instead decided to market the rights on a non-exclusive basis and distribute a dedicated channel for the competition.

Movistar customers will continue to have access to Segunda Division matches through the new channel that LaLiga will create.

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Orange Espana, the Spanish arm of the international telecoms operator, has announced it will also show matches through its recently renewed carriage deal with Telefonica.

The extended deal for the Segunda Division means Movistar will have rights to show the top two divisions in Spain next season after signing a five-year deal to retain LaLiga last December.

The broadcaster will air all matches from the top-flight through a distribution deal with global sports streaming service DAZN which also landed a package of rights for five years.

Telefonica and DAZN’s agreements with LaLiga, worth a total of €4.95 billion ($5 billion) and an average of €990 million per season, will begin with the upcoming campaign and run until the end of 2026-27.

Like the Segunda Division, LaLiga also amended its tender for rights in commercial properties to sell these on a non-exclusive basis after receiving no bids in its initial sales process for the ‘Horeca’ (hotels, restaurants, and cafes) package.